24 Make no friendships with a man given to anger, and with a wrathful man do not associate,25 Lest you learn his ways and get yourself into a snare.
People tend to become like those with whom they spend a lot of time. Even the negative characteristics sometimes rub off. The Bible exhorts us to be cautious in our choice of companions. Choose people with characteristics you would like to develop in your own life.
9 The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9
I thank You for this new day and all that is within it. I thank You for the circle of friends You have given me who encourage me and help me to encourage them. I thank You for people who You have allowed me to rub shoulders with in order to form and develop my character and characteristics that I like or want to develop. Lord I thank You that even though I was struggling for what appeared to be an eternity, that You were so patient with me and continued to prompt me through songs on the radio what I needed to do and then on that Saturday putting on the 7×70 song that was the song that finally broke the bitterness and unforgiveness off of my shoulders and my life. And then that Your Spirit would speak to me that as I forgive others, so You will forgive me and so I repented and that experience has changed my life for the weeks since and I am now seeing Your hand releasing blessings rather than holding back while You were trying to get me to do what was right. I thank You Lord that even in my resistance, You loved me enough to wait. Lord, knowing what I would do in my life, You loved me so much that You sent Jesus to come and bear that weight by undeserved injustice took and paid the ultimate penalty that I could be reconciled back to You while at the same time being able to celebrate that He is no longer in the tomb but that three days after His death on the cross, He rose again, and is now seated at your right hand interceding for me and everyone else who chooses to believe and follow after Him. Lord as I look to serve You this Easter weekend, I lift up my work, all the teams work up to You and ask Lord that make this weekend an incredible blessing and transformational time for many, while at the same time, bring You praise, honor, and glory that You are so deserving, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
1 THE LORD reigns, let the peoples tremble [with reverential fear]! He sits [enthroned] above the cherubim, let the earth quake!2 The Lord is great in Zion, and He is high above all the peoples.3 Let them confess and praise Your great name, awesome and reverence inspiring! It is holy, and holy is He! 4 The strength of the king who loves righteousness and equity You establish in uprightness; You execute justice and righteousness in Jacob (Israel).5 Extol the Lord our God and worship at His footstool! Holy is He!6 Moses and Aaron were among His priests, and Samuel was among those who called upon His name; they called upon the Lord, and He answered them.7 He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud; they kept His testimonies and the statutes that He gave them. 8 You answered them, O Lord our God; You were a forgiving God to them, although avenging their evildoing and wicked practices.9 Extol the Lord our God and worship at His holy hill, for the Lord our God is holy!
1 MY SON, if you have become security for your neighbor, if you have given your pledge for a stranger or another,2 You are snared with the words of your lips, you are caught by the speech of your mouth.3 Do this now [at once and earnestly], my son, and deliver yourself when you have put yourself into the power of your neighbor; go, bestir and humble yourself, and beg your neighbor [to pay his debt and thereby release you].4 Give not [unnecessary] sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids;5 Deliver yourself, as a roe or gazelle from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways and be wise!–7 Which, having no chief, overseer, or ruler,8 Provides her food in the summer and gathers her supplies in the harvest.9 How long will you sleep, O sluggard? When will you arise out of your sleep? 10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to lie down and sleep–11 So will your poverty come like a robber or one who travels [with slowly but surely approaching steps] and your want like an armed man [making you helpless]. 12 A worthless person, a wicked man, is he who goes about with a perverse (contrary, wayward) mouth.13 He winks with his eyes, he speaks by shuffling or tapping with his feet, he makes signs [to mislead and deceive] and teaches with his fingers.14 Willful and contrary in his heart, he devises trouble, vexation, and evil continually; he lets loose discord and sows it.15 Therefore upon him shall the crushing weight of calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken, and that without remedy.16 These six things the Lord hates, indeed, seven are an abomination to Him:17 A proud look [the spirit that makes one overestimate himself and underestimate others], a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that manufactures wicked thoughts and plans, feet that are swift in running to evil,19 A false witness who breathes out lies [even under oath], and he who sows discord among his brethren.20 My son, keep your father’s [God-given] commandment and forsake not the law of [God] your mother [taught you]. 21 Bind them continually upon your heart and tie them about your neck. 22 When you go, they [the words of your parents’ God] shall lead you; when you sleep, they shall keep you; and when you waken, they shall talk with you.23 For the commandment is a lamp, and the whole teaching [of the law] is light, and reproofs of discipline are the way of life, 24 To keep you from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a loose woman.25 Lust not after her beauty in your heart, neither let her capture you with her eyelids.26 For on account of a harlot a man is brought to a piece of bread, and the adulteress stalks and snares [as with a hook] the precious life [of a man].27 Can a man take fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned?28 Can one go upon hot coals and his feet not be burned?29 So he who cohabits with his neighbor’s wife [will be tortured with evil consequences and just retribution]; he who touches her shall not be innocent or go unpunished.30 Men do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy himself when he is hungry;31 But if he is found out, he must restore seven times [what he stole]; he must give the whole substance of his house [if necessary–to meet his fine].32 But whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks heart and understanding (moral principle and prudence); he who does it is destroying his own life.33 Wounds and disgrace will he get, and his reproach will not be wiped away.34 For jealousy makes [the wronged] man furious; therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance [upon the detected one].35 He will not consider any ransom [offered to buy him off from demanding full punishment]; neither will he be satisfied, though you offer him many gifts and bribes.